Part of the artist's series Possibilities for Representation, this painting is part of an exploration of climate change and the ideological forces of its denial. Antarctica (Realism) is an unromantic representation of dwindling glacial ice and rising sea levels. Alongside the work Antarctica (Speculative Fiction), it portends a dystopian future if our society does not see the problem clearly and unclouded by dangerous mythologies.
Powhida's work is a satirical and frequently political look into his own experience of New York’s contemporary art market. He frequently overlaps references to different discourses to explore the contradictory nature of art making today. This painting finds additional context in the viewers' awareness of the existential threat of the climate crisis.
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For more than a decade, William Powhida’s work has provided a satirical, political and sometimes despairing window into New York’s contemporary art market. He overlaps multiple discourses in his paintings, referencing art history alongside ecological activism and other social issues. A former art critic, Powhida examines the contradictory and sometimes farcical contours of “contemporary art.”